Seedstars & Shell Foundation Looking For African Innovators

The Energy, Mobility & Agriculture Innovation Programme is seeking sustainable and scalable tech-powered, early-stage startups, each of which will be provided with the resources, training and potential funding.

Focusing specifically on innovators in the mobility, transportation, energy and agriculture sectors working towards universal energy access, sustainable mobility and transportation solutions or sustainable agriculture value chains. It is supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. 

Select Seedstars startups will participate in the three-month Investment Readiness Program offering entrepreneurs a one-on-one mentor session with industry experts where potential funding opportunities are explored – human knowledge and expertise is made available courtesy of the Shell Foundation.

Only startups that are based in Africa, led by Africans, and have base operations in at least one Subsaharan African country are welcome. The Shell Foundation and Seedstars will offer training, resources, and potential funding vital for scaling startups. 

To apply, click here.

Eligibility: The following are the criteria for startups interested in applying for the program: 

  • The startup should be African-led and based or operating in at least one Sub-Saharan African country;
  • Tech solution must be focused on the mobility, transportation, energy, or agriculture value chains;
  • The startup must be at their early stage/seed round with a minimum viable product (MVP);
  • The startup must have initial traction and already able to generate revenue; 
  • the startup must have raised only less than $1M to date; and 
  • The startup should have a significant positive impact on lower-income communities (in line with SDGs 2, 7 or 11)

Eligible Countries: Sub-Saharan African countries

Benefits: Selected Startups will receive access to a 3-month investment-readiness program that includes:

  • Investment-readiness training.
  • Group mentoring based on sector.
  • One-on-One mentoring with a dedicated expert that has been selected based on individual startup needs.
  • Identification by the Shell Foundation for potential funding opportunities.
  • Leverage of the human resources and knowledge available within the pro-bono network of the Shell Foundation.